Guardia Civil traffic officers. File photograph. / SUR

These are the vehicles that will face extra checks on the roads this week

The national campaign by the Directorate-General for Traffic, in association with the police, aims to make Spain's roads safer

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Spain's Directorate-General for Traffic (DGT), has launched a new, national, week-long campaign this Monday, 11 October, with the aim of making the country's roads safer.

Lorries and coaches will face additional roadside checks to make sure that they comply with all the traffic regulations, regardless of the country in which they are registered.

Police officers and department officials will focus on issues such as speed, driving and rest hours, tachographs and documentation, vehicle defects, excess weight, load security, seat belt use, driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, mobile phone use.

The DGT’s latest campaign will also have the collaboration of numerous municipalities which, through their Local Police forces, will intensify checks in their local urban areas.

Drivers reported

During the last campaign in Andalucía, between 12 and 18 October, 2020, a total of 1,434 vehicles were stopped in the region, and 377 lorry drivers and five bus drivers were reported for not complying with regulations. Ten lorries were also immobilised for different reasons.

The origin of trucks and buses was also monitored, showing that 93.7 per cent were Spanish, 5.3% came from the European Union and barely 1%, non-residents of the European Union.

The DGT has pointed out that, despite the fact that 68 per cent of the vehicles on the road in Spain are passenger cars, the transport of goods (lorries and vans) represents the second largest percentage of vehicles (14 per cent) that were involved in 16 per cent of the injury accidents that happened on Spain’s roads in 2019.

The bus and coach fleet represents around 0.2% of the total number of vehicles, were involved in 2 per cent of injury accidents.